International Initiatives

Woodring College of Education seeks to enrich international involvement and awareness throughout its programs. In striving to reach this goal we are currently examining the ways in which internationalization is organically evolving in our college, and how to synergistically enhance our overall commitment to internationalization.

During these beginning stages of exploration we are committed to grounding our internationalizing approaches with concepts of diversity, social justice, and sustainability as a critical part of international civic engagement. It is our intention to include our collective strengths and to examine ours areas for growth. To this end, we will continue to bring multiple views to the table and to identify the synergy among us.

Following the February 8, 2013 All-College Meeting on Internationalization a call for identifying and listing international projects, programs and curriculum took place in the College. This is the beginning of our Internationalization process, to explore and list what WCE colleagues are currently doing in this area. The result of that collection endeavor is documented in the new WCE Internationalization Listing. This is a living document that can be added or subtracted. The purpose of the Listing is to share our international and (transnational) involvement throughout the College. It is to promote networking and to enrich internationalization efforts within the College and among WCE colleagues.

The WCE Internationalization Listing embraces and integrates our College commitments in areas of diversity, social justice, and sustainability. Current work and ideas on Internationalization are welcomed. If you would like to submit projects, programs and/or curriculum information for the WCE Internationalization Listing please contact:

The format for submitting is as follows:

  • Name of International Activity
  • Contact Person
  • Description
  • Goals and Objectives

Chile Partnership

Woodring College of Education is hosted four teacher education students and one faculty member – Tatiana Goldrine, from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica – Valparaiso (Chile) during 2014 winter quarter. Left to right above, Dr. Fernando Rodríguez, Dr. Jorge Gálvez, and Dr. Luis Espinoza (Catholic University of Valpariso), Dean of CHSS LeaAnn Martin, and Woodring College Dean Francisco Rios.

Internationalizing WCE through Student Exchange

Interview with Javier Espinoza (Exchange Student) and Dr. Rosalie Romano



In February 2012, Universidad Catolica de Temuco (UCT) visited Woodring College of Education. Paula Riquelme UCT Dean of Education, and Tania Tagle, professor of English Language education were provided a grant through the Chilean government and Partners of the Americas to visit WA State colleges of education in order to learn about how to strengthen teacher preparation in Chile.  Rosalie Romano and Molly Ware shared WCE innovations in pedagogy, sparking the interest of both Paula and Tania. Plans were made to develop more substantial sharing, and a WCE International grant provided support for Molly and Rosalie to travel for a site visit to UCT in March 2013 and to meet the two UCT exchange students who would be coming to WWU to take pedagogy and ELL courses in our college.

In Temuco, they met Javier Espinoza (spring term 2013) and Alvaro Habert (fall term 2013) who would study at WCE for one term. Drs. Romano and Ware's vision is to begin an ongoing student exchange to both universities, and develop faculty exchanges and research collaborations with UCT/WWU.

The video interview highlights Javier's learning experiences at Woodring College of Education.

Exit Interview with Alvaro Habert and Dr. Molly Ware